Summer will be here before you know it. Spring/Summer is the perfect time to spend some time outdoors, take in the sun, and become one with mother nature. Fortunately, Salem is the perfect place to do just that. With its rich soil and temperate climate, the Salem area is home to numerous stunning gardens complete with awe-inspiring displays of color that draw visitors from far and wide.
Rose, iris, tulip, peony and dahlia gardens, perennial and mixed borders, garden rooms, formal boxwood gardens, a Japanese garden, flowering trees and shrubs, bulbs, herb gardens, and open spaces are just some of the sights available to you in the gardens of Salem.
Get your notepad ready as walk you through some of Salem’s gardens that are worth the trip:
1. Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, OR is home to the increasingly popular Annual Tulip Fest, featuring acres and acres of tulip beauty! The bountiful fields, the Gift Shop, the Country Store, and the Tulip Café are just some the attractions in Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.
Be sure to purchase fresh cut flowers and/or order bulbs for fall planting. The gardens are just 30 minutes north of Salem and completely worth the drive! Visit www.woodenshoe.com for more information.
2. The Oregon Garden
This stunning 80-acre botanical garden is home to a diverse variety of plant species, habitats, and the only Frank Lloyd Wright house in Oregon! Visitors will certainly appreciate the natural beauty of forests and woodlands, wetlands and lake in addition to stunning formal landscaped gardens throughout the property.
Depending on the season, the gardens feature brilliant displays of colorful annuals and perennials along with carefully selected and arranged collections of conifers and sparkling waterfalls. The Oregon Garden is located 17 miles east of Salem in Silverton. Read more about The Oregon Garden at www.oregongarden.org
3. Schreiner’s Iris Gardens
The public is invited to stroll around the 10-acre display gardens during Bloom Season early May to early June. Schreiner’s Iris Gardens, family owned since 1925, have become quite popular with our local community and visitors during Bloom Season, earning them Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2013. One visitor even describes Schreiner’s Iris Gardens as “Spectacular,” and we can’t say we disagree!
“When we visited this garden, it was a huge vista of irises, most in bloom, some not. The variety of flowers was truly amazing….” they went on to say. To see more reviews, visit www.tripadvisor.com.
Special events for Bloom Season include a gift shop, live music, wine tasting, cut Iris stems, warm food, plant sale and more. Bloom Season hours: Daily, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. FREE admission, FREE parking. Directions and more information can be found at www.schreinersgardens.com.
4. Historic Deepwood Estate’s Lord and Schryver Garden
The gardens on Historic Deepwood Estate contain boxwood gardens, an English tea house garden, covered arches and gazebos, ornamental gates and fences as well as The Rita Steiner Nature Trail, weaving its way through the western border of the property towards Bush Park.
The garden’s origins go back to 1930 when Alice Bretherton Brown Powell, the longest resident of Deepwood, hired the landscape design team of Elizabeth Lord & Edith Schryver to design the formal gardens for Deepwood. Today, the beloved gardens are maintained by Deepwood’s dedicated volunteers and the Lord and Schryver Conservancy. Whether one sees Deepwood for the first time or visits again and again, it never fails to amaze and delight the senses.
The grounds are open 365 days a year from dawn until dusk, unless booked for a private event Please check calendar for private event closures or call (503) 363-1825. Want to know more? Head on over to www.historicdeepwoodestate.org.
5. Bush’s Pasture Park
Last on our list is Bush’s Pasture Park, home to an incredible collection of plants and designed landscapes, both historic and contemporary. The 90.5 acre park is blanketed with Oregon White Oak trees, cherry and apple orchards, and a rose garden with over 2,000 roses and open meadows, a greenhouse and stunning gardens with perennial, annual, tulip beds and more. For more information please visit www.cityofsalem.net/Residents.
Frankly, we could spend all day listing the many gorgeous gardens in Salem, but this will hopefully be a good starting point! Visit www.travelsalem.com/Attractions/Gardens to see even more places to visit this Summer.